Site description (2000 baseline):

Site location and context
An extensive valley surrounded by the mountains of Kozjak, Rujen and Vlasinske in south-east Serbia, on the borders with Macedonia and Bulgaria. The diverse vegetation reflects sub-Mediterranean influences. Degraded oak Quercus forest occurs with open, dry grassland and areas of scrub. Human activities include cattle-rearing and some agriculture, as well as tourism at a low level.

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for a number of species associated with open, heterogeneous landscapes.

Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
The main threat is the illegal hunting of birds. A management plan exists for the site.

Protected areas
National Low International None120 ha of IBA covered by Landscape Nature Reserve (Prohor Pciniski, 120 ha).

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2024) Important Bird Area factsheet: Pcinja. Downloaded from on 04/03/2024.